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Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:10
The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition commissioned this Foresight report in 2015 to take a close look at the extent to which food systems are delivering healthy diets today and to assess whether they are fit for the future. While the focus has been on low- and middle-income countries, the findings constitute a stark warning for all countries. Despite past progress,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 09:07
City Sustainability is increasingly accomplished in new and different ways. At Arcadis we believe the best way to truly understand the sustainability of a city is to amalgamate attributes from the perspectives of people, planet and profit to form a holistic view of each location and its position on the sustainability scale. Only then can we obtain a clear picture of how sustainable, or not, a... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 09:05
After the release of the Surabaya Draft of the New Urban Agenda at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia in July 2016, the New Urban Agenda has finally been agreed on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016, and it will be adopted... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 - 08:54
Africa’s rapid urbanization pose challenges for her sustainable development. This paper investigates the environmental impact of urbanization for 49 African countries from 1990 to 2010. Using the Stochastic Impacts by Regression on Population, Affluence and Technology (STIRPAT) framework, a recently developed semi-parametric panel fixed-effects regression technique, and two atmospheric air... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 08:50
Côte d’Ivoire seeks a development strategy to reach middle-income status—a challenge that would require annual growth rates averaging 10 percent over the next 13 years. Global experience of both developed and emerging economies shows that GDP per capita rises with increased urbanization. However, Côte d’Ivoire’s economy is underperforming relative to its level of urbanization. The country’s... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 16:00
The momentum of urbanization and its impacts are so massive that we must face up to this trend. In view of the existing cognitive, technical, economic and institutional path dependencies, a policy of business as usual – i.e. an unstructured, quasi-automatic urbanization – would lead to a non-sustainable ‘world cities society’. Only if cities and urban societies are sufficiently empowered they... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 5, 2016 - 12:09
Summary Cities are engines of economic growth and centers of economic activity, with the world's largest 600 cities accounting for 70% of global GDP growth in 2015-25. The urban landscape is in the midst of a transformation, with the focus of the urban world shifting east. Cities in emerging regions in Asia will become major hubs of economic activity, productivity, and innovation, while the... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 5, 2016 - 10:57
Abstract. There is an ongoing debate on whether the observed decadal variations in surface solar radiation, known as "dimming and brightening", are a global or just local phenomenon. We investigated this issue using a comprehensive set of long-term sunshine duration records from China, which experienced a rapid growth in urbanization during past decades. 172 pairs of urban and nearby rural... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 5, 2016 - 09:06
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recently released its 2016 global food security report, titled "Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World." The report lays out recommendations for the United States to invest in policies, infrastructure, enterprises, trade capacity, and research to change the way agricultural supply chains function in developing... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 10:16
This report seeks to expand on our annual Sustainable Cities Index to focus solely on water and identify which city is harnessing its water assets for the greatest long term advantage. It is our hope that city leaders find this ranking to be a valuable tool in helping them to think of water as an opportunity and as a resource for economic development while also meeting the critical needs and... Read more